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Sep 11, 2013 14:37 |  #16

Scott M wrote in post #16288348 (external link)
I would also suggest reconsidering your anti-flash stance. Even with a fast prime lens, an external flash can really help your indoor shooting if you learn how to use it properly. I use one with my 50L prime when shooting family events indoors.

^^^^ +1

A fast lens is no substitute for a flash, especially when shooting kids. Buy an external flash and learn how to use it. Even if you can set your ISO high enough to minimize movement, indoor lighting is often a mixed bag and getting the colors right can be a problem.


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Sep 11, 2013 18:37 |  #17

If you are not planning on going FF the 17-55 is quite versatile and with 2.8 it has worked pretty well for me in low light family shooting without flash. (as long as kids are not running!)


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Sep 11, 2013 18:47 |  #18

A 17-5x f2.8 will be a good choice for a zoom.
Sigma 18-35 f1.8 will not be a huge range but will give you 1.8 (and it is kind of heavy)
Sigma 30 1.4 Art is a great lens and 1.4 is very fast.


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Sep 11, 2013 19:14 |  #19

Scott M wrote in post #16288348 (external link)
... I would also suggest reconsidering your anti-flash stance. Even with a fast prime lens, an external flash can really help your indoor shooting if you learn how to use it properly. I use one with my 50L prime when shooting family events indoors.

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^^^^ +1

A fast lens is no substitute for a flash, especially when shooting kids. Buy an external flash and learn how to use it. Even if you can set your ISO high enough to minimize movement, indoor lighting is often a mixed bag and getting the colors right can be a problem.

Another for using flash correctly.


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Sep 12, 2013 05:24 |  #20

Looks like my initial plan to buy 28 f1.8 was a good one: I don`t need zoom for my indoors photos, I love using primes and most of all I need a big aperture. And as silma pointed out small and lightweight is a big plus.

50mm@crop is to narrow for my use, I already tried it with my 60D (which is a shame, because that f1.4 C50mm prime would be great to have), 28mm@crop will give me almost standard 50mm. I used 50mm prime all the time in analogue times, so having it at ~44mm is another plus for me.

I was briefly attracted by L-ness of 17-40mm, but now I`m fine :oops:
C EF 28mm f1.8 ordered, thank you all.


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Sep 12, 2013 05:52 |  #21

I love the 28 1.8, it's a great lens that has awesome AF. I also do all my indoor, low light shooting without a flash because it's not allowed at dog shows, and pets are easily scared by a flash. Good luck, you'll have fun with the lens!


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Sep 12, 2013 07:01 |  #22

prarts wrote in post #16290282 (external link)
Looks like my initial plan to buy 28 f1.8 was a good one: I don`t need zoom for my indoors photos, I love using primes and most of all I need a big aperture. And as silma pointed out small and lightweight is a big plus.

50mm@crop is to narrow for my use, I already tried it with my 60D (which is a shame, because that f1.4 C50mm prime would be great to have), 28mm@crop will give me almost standard 50mm. I used 50mm prime all the time in analogue times, so having it at ~44mm is another plus for me.

I was briefly attracted by L-ness of 17-40mm, but now I`m fine :oops:
C EF 28mm f1.8 ordered, thank you all.

Enjoy the new lens. I was quite happy with the 28mm on my 7D, and still use it as a wide angle prime occasionally on my 5D3.

I also found 50mm too wide on a crop body for my purposes, but love the focal length for indoor prime shooting on full frame.

I still think an external flash would help your photos, even with a fast prime. Learn to bounce the flash and use it as fill for the shadows, and you can get some very natural looking shots. Having an open mind to new ideas can lead to better photos.


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Sep 12, 2013 13:20 |  #23
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Sep 15, 2013 10:56 |  #24

I've just shot a wedding using a (borrowed) 24-105 f4 and my sigma 18-35 f1.8... Even with f1.8 I personally would always use a touch of flash, bounced with a little card taped to it.. I only used the 24-105 for outside shots.. The sigma is perfect for indoor low light on an aps-c I think..

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Sep 15, 2013 11:07 |  #25

congrats on the 28mm...now buy an external flash...because you're still going to need one...


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Sep 17, 2013 03:23 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #26

Thanks,
lens arrived. Not read much about it, went simply for it`s aperture and focal length, so it was a some pig in a poke buy. How it all turned out?
IT`S FANTASTIC!

1. Absolutely no BF/FF, targets with single pixel accuracy EVERY single time (tried different surfaces, different angles, different lights)
2. Very quick AF
3. Great build quality, probably misses only some weather sealing to be an "L" grade
4. The biggest thing: it`s sharp sharp sharp! At 1.8 it`s great but at 2.0/2.2 it can slash my eye balls ;) Simply wipes floor with my 24-105L in this aspect and kills 50mm f1.8
5. Very little distortion (expected more, pleasant surprise)
6. Vignetting is quite noticeable even on my crop. It works for me: with its "on target sharpness", shallow DOF, pleasant bokeh and darked corners it gives me vintage/post card look. But on FF it may be a little too much.

I`m glad that I did not went the "L way" and throw my money at 24L or 35L, because this little 28mm is simply amazing for my needs and costs a LOT less. It`s great to zoom with my legs again :lol:
So if you are looking for near standard focal length prime for your crop - go for it!


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